The Renaissance (French for "rebirth"; Italian: Rinascimento, from re- "again" and nascere "be born") was a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Florence in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. The term is also used more loosely to refer to the historic era, but since the changes of the Renaissance were not uniform across Europe, this is a general use of the term. As a cultural movement, it encompassed a resurgence of learning based on classical sources, the development of linear perspective in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform. Traditionally, this intellectual transformation has resulted in the Renaissance being viewed as a bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern era. Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits, as well as social and political upheaval, it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term "Renaissance man".

There is a general, but not unchallenged, consensus that the Renaissance began in Florence, Tuscany in the 14th century. Various theories have been proposed to account for its origins and characteristics, focusing on a variety of factors including the social and civic peculiarities of Florence at the time; its political structure; the patronage of its dominant family, the Medici; and the migration of Greek scholars and texts to Italy following the Fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

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Abutilon Theophrasti, or Velvet Leaf, illustration... - Robinet Testard - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Abutilon Theophrasti, or Velvet Leaf, illustration...
Robinet Testard
An Old Man and His Grandson c. 1490 - Domenico Ghirlandaio - www.renaissance-in-art.org
An Old Man and His Grandson c. 1490
Domenico Ghirlandaio
Vanitas (Memento Mori) 1502-03 - Master M Z - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Vanitas (Memento Mori) 1502-03
Master M Z
A Betrothal - Jacopo Del Sellaio - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Betrothal
Jacopo Del Sellaio
Pallas Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue... - Andrea Mantegna - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pallas Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue...
Andrea Mantegna
Giant Crossbow - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Giant Crossbow
Leonardo Da Vinci
Young Hare - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Young Hare
Albrecht Durer
The Virgin Mary - Pietro di Giovanni D`Ambrogio - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Virgin Mary
Pietro di Giovanni D`Ambrogio
Abraham, Sarah, and the Angel - Jan Provost - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Abraham, Sarah, and the Angel
Jan Provost
Hercules and the Hydra c. 1475 - Antonio Pollaiolo - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hercules and the Hydra c. 1475
Antonio Pollaiolo
The Transfiguration of Christ 1520 - Gerard David - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Transfiguration of Christ 1520
Gerard David
A Burrfish - John White - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Burrfish
John White

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